These quick and easy (and crunch-free!) exercises will have your mid-section crop-top ready before you can say “Beach Trip!”…
Side Punch Extension
Begin with your legs a little wider than shoulder width apart and hold a weight chest high with one hand on each end.
Cross your left hand behind your right so that your left foot touches the floor by the outside of your right heel and bend your knees slightly as you rotate your torso to the right and extend your arms forward in a punch at shoulder level.
Return to start position.
Do 15 reps per set, 3 sets total on the left side then repeat for 3 sets of 15 on the right side.
Weighted Side Bend
Start with the weight in your left hand, left arm relaxed and lowered to your side and your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Rest the fingertips of your right hand softly on the back of your head with your elbow bent and extended straight out to the side.
Slowly bend to the left at your waist as you lower the weight along the outside of your left leg toward your knee.
Return to the start position, raise the weight to your left shoulder and then press the weight over your head with your palm facing inward (toward the right).
Lower the weight to your shoulder and return to the start position.
Do 30 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
Begin in a wide stance with your right foot about 8 inches in front of your left. Hold the weight with one end in each hand and raise it over your head, arms fully extended. (Photo A)
Lift you left knee to hip level and lower your elbows down to your waist as you bring the weight down to meet the top of your left knee while squeezing your abs. (Photo B)
Return to start.
Do 15 reps, then switch sides and repeat.